Covering controversy in science – 4 journalists reveal their strategies
By David Levine | Posted on 19 November 2014
Nancy Shute, co-host of National Public Radio's Shots health blog, recently told a packed room of science writers, "I am here to speak about what happens when your sweet lamb of a science story goes political."
It’s the best thing that can happen to a writer, she said: “It allows (you) to go beyond the immediate story and inform your readers using science. You can use people's fear of a deadly disease such as Ebola to help them understand the need for and importance of vaccines.”
Shute, whose coverage of Ebola has earned her the nickname "Ms. Ebola," took part in the panel Hot Button Science Writing: Diving into Controversy & Politics at the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) 2014 annual meeting ...